Here's a writerly thought for this Friday: What is so terrifying about starting a new WIP?
Perhaps "terrifying" is a bit strong. But there's certainly an element of paralysis that kicks in. Like standing on the edge of a pool when you know the water is frigid.
It might be because I've recently finished a WIP and have set it aside (it's a "book 2"; there's no reason to spend any more time on it if I can't make anyone fall in love with "book 1"). I push myself hard when I'm writing a first draft; 1000 words a day, 6 days a week. No excuses. And it gets me a completed draft in about 3 months.
So having just come out of that sort of intensity, I'm blanching a bit. You all know by now that I prefer revising and editing. I'm sure that has something to do with it.
But there's also an element of, "Why bother?" As in, I haven't succeeded up 'til now. Why pour my soulblood into something new and go through the angst and disappointment yet again?
It's all rhetorical. I know the answers. But I hate the struggle.
What about you? As you move forward on your journey, do you find that starting something new is scintillating? Or scary? Or enough to make you throw your hands up and scream "Forget it!" (knowing full well that you don't mean it)?
And if you're one of those "I adore writing first drafts" types, do share your enthusiasm. I would love to be able to relate to that mindset! Maybe I can glean a few things and give myself the little kick I need.
Right. Onward. Happy weekend!